Colombo

Travel Guide
Colombo
Colonial charm and Buddhist spirituality mix with beachside entertainment, bustling shopping districts and a love of cricket in Sri Lanka’s coastal capital.

Colombo is a showcase of Sri Lanka’s Asian and European heritage. It’s where the fast-paced chaos of the continent’s cities meets a lingering colonial ambiance and contemporary fashion. In Colombo, ancient religious shrines stand next to churches, and skyscrapers rise above time-honored shops. Pretty parks are a reminder of Colombo’s “Garden City of the East” nickname while beaches offer an introduction to the island’s 833-mile (1,340-kilometer) coastline.

Discover the spiritual serenity that exists amid the mayhem of the city streets at Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple and lakeside Seema Malaka Buddhist Temple. The contrasting Gothic Old Town Hall and neoclassical New Town Hall sit on the edge of gorgeous Viharamahadevi Park. Visit European-influenced churches, including the Dutch-built Wolvendaal Church, Portuguese St. Anthony’s Church and Scottish St. Andrew’s Church.

Browse art collections that date back to the 4th century B.C. at Colombo National Museum and learn about Dutch rule at the Dutch Period Museum. Ape Gama is an open-air folk museum that brings to life the customs of a Sri Lankan village via mock rural scenes. The elaborately decorated Independence Memorial Hall commemorates the nation breaking free from the British Empire.

Pettah is Colombo’s bustling shopping quarter, famous for traditional shops and markets such as Pettah Floating Market. Go to Arcade Independence Square and Crescat Boulevard for brand-name and upmarket fashion. Witness the city’s passion for cricket while attending a match at Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. Or, play a round of 18 holes at the immaculate Royal Colombo Golf Club.

Watch the sunset and snack on spicy street food during an evening stroll on Galle Green Face Promenade. Find an aquarium, beer garden and outdoor food court at Diyatha Uyana waterfront park. Mount Lavinia Beach boasts golden sand and chic seafront bars. Spot exotic animals at Dehiwala National Zoo and ride waterslides at Leisure World.

Reach Colombo by flying to Bandaranaike International Airport, located an hour’s drive from the city center. Get around the city via low-cost buses, trains and tuk-tuks.

Where to stay in Colombo

Granbell Hotel Colombo
Granbell Hotel Colombo
3.5 out of 5
282/5, Kollupitiya Road, Colombo 03, Colombo, Western Province, 00300
The price is £62 per night from 10 Aug to 11 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Colombo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Liberty Plaza and United States Embassy Colombo are ...
2/5 (1 review)
"Needs lots of improvement from front office . Food needs to be even better .. food is so bad too"

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Granbell Hotel Colombo
Marino Beach Colombo
Marino Beach Colombo
5 out of 5
590 Marine Drive, Colombo, WP, 00300
The price is £67 per night from 10 Aug to 11 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Colombo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (487 reviews)
"Great location fantastic swimming pool and jacuzzi Shopping centre attached convenient as well"

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2022

Marino Beach Colombo
Galle Face Hotel
Galle Face Hotel
5 out of 5
2 Galle Road, Colombo, 300
The price is £79 per night from 16 Aug to 17 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Colombo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 7 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (820 reviews)
"it is nice and great place to fee the breeze and fresh air of the Indian ocean."

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2022

Galle Face Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Halahouse Colombo
Halahouse Colombo
3.5 out of 5
7 Kothalawala Gardens, Colombo, 00400
The price is £37 per night from 10 Aug to 11 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Colombo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour business centre. Our guests praise the comfy beds in ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"The property is close to everything. Clean and good view of the ocean"

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2022

Halahouse Colombo
Ishq Colombo
Ishq Colombo
3 out of 5
17/2 Alfred Place, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka, Colombo, 00030
The price is £1,076 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
Stay at this 3-star villa in Colombo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions High Commission of Malaysia and Bellagio Casino ...
Ishq Colombo
Mayura Apartments
Mayura Apartments
3 out of 5
50/1D Mayura Place, Wellawatte, Colombo 6, Colombo, 00600
The price is £53 per night from 17 Aug to 18 Aug
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Colombo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Popular attractions Isipathanaramaya Buddhist Temple and Raux ...
Mayura Apartments
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